Genealogy Services

The McClelland Library provides research assistance for locating Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors, along with resources for exploring Irish culture and heritage. Library and Irish Cultural Center members have unlimited access to library materials and subscription online resources. Research options at the library include self-service, and individual research assistance.

Appointments are strongly recommended for research assistance and are required for a professional genealogy consultation.

Daily Use of Genealogy Centre

Includes access to library genealogy collection and online resources.

Members: Free

Regular Hours September- May:
Tues. 10AM – 3PM
Wed. 10AM – 6PM
Thurs. – Sat. 10AM – 3PM

Summer Hours Memorial Day- Labor Day:
Wed. 10AM – 6PM
Thurs. 10AM – 3PM

Closed in August

The Frances B. McClelland Genealogy Centre offers:

On-site Research Assistance

Appointments are strongly recommended for one-on-one assistance at the library during our regular business hours. Assistance includes guidance with searching for your Irish ancestors in U.S. and Irish records, navigating Irish websites and utilizing other research resources available at the library.

Group Research Day with VIP Tour

A day of genealogy research is available for your group in the Genealogy Centre at the library. A group VIP tour of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library is also included.


  • $8 with tour/$5 without tour


  • $15 with tour/$10 without tour

One-hour Consultations with Our Professional Genealogist

This service includes analysis of your current research, exploration of websites and records to locate answers to your research questions, and a research plan to provide ideas about where to focus your future research. Consultations may be done in-person and by appointment only.


  • one complimentary one-hour consultation (per year)
  • $30 for each additional consultation hour


  • $40 per one-hour consultation

Classes Presented by our Genealogy Research Team

Throughout the year our expert genealogy team provides numerous educational opportunities for various levels of research experience. Look for upcoming genealogy classes under Genealogy Classes.

Guest Speakers from our Genealogy Research Team

Members of our Genealogy Research Team are available for a limited number of speaking engagements in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area during each calendar year. Due to high demand, we recommend that you book as early as possible. To inquire about scheduling one of our team members to speak to your group or at an event, please contact our Genealogy Centre at 602-864-2353 or email us at

Be Prepared!

Items to Bring to Research at the Genealogy Centre or for a Consultation Appointment

  • Family Tree or Pedigree Chart
  • Family group sheets for individuals in your family tree
  • Flash drive to save new information electronically
  • Copies of documents or electronic data for your family that may provide clues about their origins. Examples might include family letters, naturalization papers, or birth, marriage and death certificates.
  • Consultation Form for appointments

For useful charts and forms, visit the “Genealogy Forms & Guides” page.